Ruben Patterson: The Kobe Stopper Can’t Stop Hooping
— Champions League (@ChampsHoops) September 17, 2016
I’m probably more excited about watching the Champions League next summer than my kids are about the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. I can think of a hundred reasons why, but for today, one of those reasons is the man who thought he could guard Kobe Bryant: Ruben Patterson aka The Kobe Stopper!
I came across the above tweet with Patterson, streetball God Jamal Tinsley, baller/singer Kareem Rush, Quinton Ross and 5’5 Earl Boykins this morning and started remembering some great moments and (not so great) stories about The Kobe Stopper. My favorite moment came on April 14th of 2004, when Kobe Bryant forced OT with a ridiculous shot, over Patterson, at the end of regulation and then hit a game-winner over him in double OT. What makes this story so great is Patterson asked Kobe for his shoes after the game.
“Yeah, I asked for his shoes,” Patterson said. “I said, `You’ve got to give me your shoes for that one.’ “
But I didn’t create this post just to put Patterson down and show a bunch of Lakers highlights. Actually, I have a pretty cool clip of Patterson against the Lakers, throwing down a dunk on Shaq’s back.
And a clip of him throwing down a nasty dunk on Shaq’s backup Mark “Mad Dog” Madsen.
I don’t know how much game is still left in Patterson’s body a decade after his last NBA gig but I can’t wait to find out next summer.
— Champions League (@ChampsHoops) August 31, 2016